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Friday, December 17, 2010

Shopping Dog and a Turkey Casserole (tetrazzini)

Tucker loves to go to the pet store! He is so excited when we reach the parking lot he can't wait to jump out of the car. At his age(14 1/2) ..we just can't leave him home, although we choose his dog food for him. We get him a potato duck blend that is for dogs with allergies. Sheesh! wouldn't you know it's our dog that has a food allergy!
When he was younger it was always fun to watch him run in place on the slippery floors of the store. He's slowed down a bit, but he still...

...has to check everything out!

I wonder...if he eats something that is displayed on his we have to pay for it?
He does make sure that they don't forget his doggie treat during checkout!
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Now on to the food!

I know this is a little late for Thanksgiving leftovers, but Christmas is just around the corner and some of you will have turkey for that as well.

I guess this is a little like Turkey Tetrazzini, but I didn't have any spaghetti noodles so I used mini penne instead. That's the nice things about casseroles, you can use what you have and what you like!

I topped mine with cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan and bread crumbs.

I had some celery to use up so I added that, and I always like shallots instead of onions.

8 oz Mezze Penne
1 stalk celery chopped
1 shallot chopped
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained (I used shitake)
1 cup peas
1 tsp tarragon
1 tsp dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
salt to taste
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking dish.
2.Cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and place in the prepared baking dish.
3.In a touch of olive oil saute shallots and celery until tender.
4.Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour . Mix in chicken broth and milk. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Stir in about 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and remove from heat.
5.Mix everything... broth mixture, turkey, seasoning, celery, shallots, mushrooms...with pasta. Top with remaining cheese. Bake 20 - 30 minutes, until surface is bubbly or lightly browned.

You can make it as soupy or thick as you like it. You can top it with the parm and bread crumbs instead...any way you like long as the kids will eat it! My daughter had two helpings, but she picked out the mushrooms.


  1. The casserole looks delicious! I would use penne as well, thanks!

  2. my kids also look this kind of casserole but usually i use tomato sauce. So have you picked a Christmas gift for your dog?

  3. Oh yum! I love the look of the cheddar melting on your casserole. I have an aged labrador too that needs lots of attention.

  4. My dogs love going to the pet store, but 3 is too many to handle there at once so they have to take turns going. Creamy pasta...I'd like this..

  5. Lyndz, I love this kind of creamy look dish. Gee.... am salivating! hehe... Guess, Tucker salivate too when he was in the pet shop mall. Ooo... I hope you don't need to pay for the stuffs he licked. haha.... You'll be in BIG trouble if he licks everything! haha.... Hope you're enjoying the weekend. Have fun!
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. Debbi - thanks, and to make it easy, you can always use cream of mushroom soup instead! :D

    Sonia - we have to wait to get Tucker's's hard to hide it from him.

    Jeanne - I like the bread crumbs too, but I just needed some melted cheddar! So you know exactly how much attention we give our dog (but we don't mind).

    Bo - Yes, you'd have to have the dogs take turns with 3 of them. Do they remind you which one's turn it is? :D I love all your creamy noodle dishes too!

    Kristy - Thanks, I wonder how many other dogs lick the stuff on the dog level? Hehe...I mean they have bins of treats and pigs ears etc...he just loves going from one thing to the next!

  7. Tucker looks like he is having great fun in the shop. Diane

  8. Your dog looks like he's an active 14 and that's good. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

  9. I'm quite hungry now! Great photos and I love the story to go with them :)

  10. Lucky Tucker gets to go too! He looks pretty happy there!

  11. looks like Tucker is a natural born shopper! thanks for the recipe ... looks delicious and turkey anything is just fine with me! :D

  12. Dog went shopping, wish i could go...

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  13. I haven't taken Lucy to the pet store since we got her. She has Little Dog Syndrome. When we have taken her out she pretty much ignores the little dogs her size and smaller, but she goes nuts when she sees a bigger dog. LOL

    Oh and the food looks yummy delicious!!


  14. Your casserole looks creamy, cheesy and delicious! A great way to use turkey. And I love the shots of Tucker!!! Wow, 14 1/2. Our dog is 12 1/2 and yeah, he's slowing down a bit. Cute pics!


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